Once or twice on our last trip the “lads” were out on the towpath on their motor bikes. After one incident I saw this notice at a nearby BW water stop.
What is a Section 59 Warning?, you may ask. Perhaps the “lads” know, but I didn’t. However I consulted Constable Google and he provided me with the answer, and here’s what he said.
Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 states that any person driving a vehicle on or off a road in a manner that causes nuisance or inconvenience to other road users or members of public will receive a warning that lasts for 12 months.
If at any point within that 12 month period you are caught driving in a similar manner then your car (or bike presumably) can be seized by the police and you'll have to pay a penalty to get it back. This is normally in the region of £200 depending how long they keep it for and what area you live in.
This power is executable by Police officers and Police Community Support Officers ONLY.
I wonder how often the lads get caught. Come to think of it, how many of them hang around BW water points reading the notices. Next time I see one of these lads I’ll politely ask him to sit and wait while I summon a Constable or a PCSO. Problem solved. I know my rights.